October 13, 2008

Taylor returns to Texas after official

With the second of two huge recruiting weekends for Wisconsin football now in the books, BadgerBlitz.com caught up with two-star safety Darnell Taylor to discuss his official visit to Madison this past weekend.

The following is a question and answer with the 5-foot-11, 185-pound prospect from Mesquite, Tex.:

What did you think about your tip to Madison?

Taylor: My visit to Wisconsin went really well. I had a great time. Even though the outcome wasn't what I had hoped for, I really enjoyed my time.

Could you give us a brief recap of stuff you were able to do this weekend?

Taylor: Well, I actually got in on Saturday. The first thing I did was check into my room. I was staying right next to some of the other guys who were on their official visit-(Brodrick) Jenkins, (David) Gilbert, Vladimir (Emilien)-our rooms were all right next to each other. We were able to meet with some academic advisors and eat a lot of food. I really liked the campus. The campus is right next to a couple lakes, which is really neat.

How did you get along with the other prospects who were visiting?

Taylor: I got along with those guys really well. I thought we all had a great time hanging out with each other over the course of the weekend. It seemed like we never stopped eating. Every time we had a break it seemed like we were eating. We had food even when we weren't hungry (Laughing). But those guys were really fun; we had a good time together.

In high school you are able to play almost every position on the defensive side of the ball. That being said, where does the staff see you playing at the next level?

Taylor: Well, they are recruiting me as a strong safety. Coach (Kerry) Cooks also said there is a possibility of playing outside linebacker if I continue to grow.

Were you able to speak with your recruiting coach, Kerry Cooks?

Taylor: Yeah, we spoke quite a bit. On Sunday I actually got to sit down and watch some film with him. He was surprised that I knew so much about their defensive scheme. We run a lot of the same schemes at my high school. Coach Cooks was impressed that I knew so much. I think it kind of surprised him.

When do you plan on making a decision?

Taylor: I'm hoping to make a decision as soon as my senior year is over. I'm going to try to focus on my season right now. Coaches can't call prospects, so it's been kind of slow. I'm not sure if I'll be going on any other visits. But I plan on making it after my senior season.

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